Constituent-Based Preservation Planning

Historical Society of Pennsylvania



Jitish Kallat, Public Notice 3, installation at The Art Institute of Chicago, 2010-2011. Image courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania engaged in a process to determine how its physical spaces could better serve its four primary constituent groups: scholars, educators, family/community historians, and other historical organizations. The organization engaged stakeholder and community groups in discussions to determine their needs and how their building, originally constructed in the 1830s as a home for Philadelphia agriculturist, land agent and politician John Hare Powel, could be adapted to better serve them. The project involved a team of experts who considered ways in which technology could be integrated into the space to make the organization's holdings accessible and compelling to constituents.